CAT 2018: Number of test takers touches 2 lakh mark after a decade, 13 per cent skip test
Sreetama Datta, 29 Nov 2018, #CAT
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After almost a decade, the number of CAT takers has crossed the two lakh mark in 2018. Over the past nine years, the approximate number of test takers ranged from 1.67 lakh to 1.99 lakh. For CAT 2018, out of a total number of 2,40,338 applicants, 2,09,405 candidates appeared for the actual test. In an exclusive interaction with Careers360, Prof. Sumanta Basu, CAT 2018 Convenor mentions, “The total number of CAT 2018 applicants is 2,40,338, out of which 2,09,405 candidates have appeared for the test.”

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Moreover, the number of candidates skipping the test is also lesser this year as compared to previous years. As many as 30,933 candidates skipped CAT 2018, which accounts for 12.87 per cent of the total number of applicants. However, as compared to last year, there has not been much of a difference in terms of candidates skipping CAT. Around 13 per cent candidates did not appear for CAT 2017, held on November 26, 2017. The table below brings to you the year on year data on CAT number of applicants and the actual number of test takers. 

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Year on Year Data on CAT Applicants Vs CAT Takers







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As per the five-year trend, not only is the number of applicants the highest in CAT 2018, but also the number of candidates skipping CAT the lowest this year, denoting a positive trend. Since 2015, the number of test takers not appearing for the exam has also reduced consistently. Although the percentage of test takers skipping the coveted exam reduced this year, the actual number of such candidates still remains high, considering the stature of the exam.

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Gender Ratio of CAT 2018 Applicant Vs Test Takers

According to the data shared by Prof. Basu, as many as 83,193 female candidates had applied for CAT 2018. Around 34.61 per cent CAT 2018 candidates were female. As compared to last year, there has been a marginal increase of 6.64 per cent. On the other hand, the number of transgender applications has decreased from 31 to eight. Over the years, the number of female candidates has seen a consistent rise. The following table brings to year the comparison of CAT 2017 and CAT 2018 of candidates across genders. 

Gender Ratio - CAT 2017 Vs CAT 2018













In terms of test takers, 73,326 female and 1,36,075 male candidates appeared for CAT 2018. Of the number of applicants, 50 per cent transgender candidates appeared for the test, which is four.

IIM Calcutta conducted CAT 2018 on November 25, 2018, in 374 exam centres across 147 cities in India. The CAT result is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019. CAT scores are the admission gateway to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. 

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Dear Aspirant,

You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.

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Dear Aspirant,

You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.

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See if you have failed in past then its bot necessary that you will fail again or you might get a very good percentile this time.The only thing that is your hand and by which you can perform well in CAT is my preparing with determination and consistency.
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